SPA TOWN IN CANADA
AINSWORTH, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Ainsworth or Ainsworth Hot Springs is a historic village on Kootenay Lake in British Columbia, Canada and has a population of 50.
Founded on May 31, 1883, it is the oldest surviving community on Kootenay Lake.
Ainsworth is located on Highway 31, 11 miles (18 km) north of Balfour and 12 miles (19 km) south of Kaslo, British Columbia.
Today, Ainsworth Hot Springs and the Cody Caves are a popular destination for tourists and spelunkers.
Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort is the focus of the village. The hot springs themselves are open year round, 365 days a year, and feature a natural 150-foot horseshoe cave, a large lounging pool, and a stream-fed cold plunge. Renovated in 2012, the resort also features accommodation, a restaurant, and the Sprit Water Spa.
- Cody Caves Provincial Park on the eastern slopes of the Selkirk Mountains are a system of ancient limestone caves with an underground stream.
- Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park offers fishing, canoeing and kayaking on more than 30 glacier lakes and 32,035 hectares (79,160 acres) of wilderness with hiking and ski trails.
- 12 miles to the north is the village of Kaslo, home to two National historic sites including the SS Moyie, the world's oldest intact sternwheeler.
- Northwest of Ainsworth is the historic ghost town of Sandon, the "Capital of the Silvery Slocan", once known as the "Monte Carlo of Canada".
- 11 miles south is Balfour, where visitors can enjoy the longest free ferry ride in the world, at the Kootenay Lake Ferry Crossing.